French dairy giant Lactalis recalls products over salmonella fears

Major recall of Lactalis baby milk over salmonella fears

Health bosses confirmed 26 children in France have become sick and have ordered a recall in Britain, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sudan.

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Lactalis spokesperson Michel Nalet said on BFM Television that the products can be exchanged in pharmacies or supermarkets.

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Company spokesman Michel Nalet told AFP "nearly 7,000 tonnes" of production may have been contaminated, but the company is unable to say now how much remains on the market, has been consumed or is in stock.

He said the company traced the outbreak to an evaporation tower at a factory in the town of Craon, northwest France. The company said it is taking all the necessary measures to disinfect its its machinery in the factory so that no other case of contamination is repeated in the future.

The French baby milk formula maker is one of the world's biggest producers of dairy products.

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They were believed to have contracted salmonella, a bacteria that causes food poisoning and symptoms such as diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. The bacteria is especially risky for infants and the elderly due to risks of dehydration.

Of the families of 18 infants who have been contacted, eight were hospitalised but all have now recovered.

The contamination of Lactalis products with salmonella is worse than initially thought.

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The Directorate-General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRG) identified a link between the contaminations and the consumption of Lactalis' infant nutrition products. He was additionally required to tell them that salmonella bacteria could be killed by boiling the milk for two minutes, South China Morning Post reported.

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